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National Consultant on implementation of national gender policy at regional and local levels
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Kyiv and home-based, UKRAINE|
|Application Deadline :||01-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||220 working days within the period from 15 March 2021 till 28 February 2022|
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
UN Women Ukraine implements its Country Strategy 2018-2022, covering the following thematic areas:
The Government of Ukraine has taken significant steps and achieved tangible results in strengthening and enhancing the status of the National Gender Mechanism. On March 1, 2017, according to the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers # 117, the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine was appointed responsible for the coordination of the national policy on gender equality. On June 7, 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers also adopted Resolution # 390 on the introduction of the post of the Government Commissioner on Gender Policy. Over the past two years, progress has been made in enhancing the impact of the ministries' improvement mechanism on strengthening their institutional structures to promote gender equality in relevant reform areas. According to the Deputy Prime-Minister Office, since January 2020, 55 gender focal points have been appointed to the central executive bodies. Also, 9 advisory and advisory bodies have been set up in the central executive bodies (for example, the CMU Interagency Council on Family, Gender Equality, demographic development, prevention and counteraction to domestic violence and combating human trafficking). Gender Advisers have been appointed in 22 regions. One of the functions of the Government Commissioner is to coordinate the work of the line ministries, other central and local executive bodies in ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men.
In October 9, 2020 the Cabinet of Ministries of Ukraine adopted another important normative act to strengthen implementation of the national gender policy at sectoral, regional and local levels – Decree ? 930 “Some issues of ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men”. The decree equipped the central bodies of executive power, the regional state administrations and the local self-governments by standard provisions on the responsible unit for equal rights and opportunities for women and men and on advisors for equal rights and opportunities for women and men, prevention and counteraction to gender-based violence.
In August 2020 the Cabinet of Ministers adopted the first-ever gender-sensitive State Strategy on Regional Development 2020-2027 to inform the process of regional development. However, the policy of decentralization reform and the legal frameworks have not yet been fully aligned with the international gender equality and women’s rights commitments, and with the national policy and legislation commitments on gender equality. According to OSCE/ODIHR study of the effectiveness of regional-level gender equality mechanisms in Ukraine commissioned in 2018, the National Gender Mechanism has systemic gaps at regional and local levels. While responsibilities of the Regional State Administrations (RSA) and local self-governments on implementation of the national policy on gender equality are stipulated in the Law on ensuring equal rights and opportunities of women and men in Ukraine, they are not regulated by sectoral laws and bylaws which determine the work of RSAs and LSGs. The position of gender adviser in the Regional State Administrations which plays key role in ensuring gender mainstreaming in RSAs is not institutionalized and thus has weak status due to the lack of a dedicated power and budget, unclear terms of references and reporting lines. Gender advisers in the RSA are not involved to the regional policy cycle and budgeting processes and dependent from political will of regional management which is being recurrently changing. There is no mechanism established to ensure co-ordination between the regional gender advisers and National Gender Mechanisms. Although, the coordination boards established in 24 regions (oblasts) to strengthen gender mainstreaming of regional polices and ensure collaboration with women’s CSOs, they serve predominantly to coordinate efforts in combating gender-based violence and human trafficking. While coordination boards seem to be active in some regions, implementation of their conclusions and recommendations is being negatively affected by a lack of gender capacity of the regional administration staff and unclear accountability lines. Collection and analysis of sex-disaggregated statistics, public consultation and engagement of women’s CSOs and women’s’ groups to formulation and implementation of decentralization reform and key regional policy documents are not ensured by the current legislation. Thus, implementation of the national gender equality framework on the regional and local levels remains weak, inconsistent and insufficient.
As a result of systemic gaps of the National Gender Mechanism at regional level, majority of regional strategies up to 2027 do not reflect the implementation of international and national framework on gender equality and women empowerment, do not contain gender data and analysis and have gender-blind results and resources framework. Indicators of the State Programme on Equal Rights and Opportunities, the NAP on implementation of CEDAW Committee Concluding Observations to the Eighth Periodic Report and the NAP on implementation of UNSCR on WPS 1325, as well as Nationalized SDGs indicators are not included to the monitoring framework of regional strategies and local social-economic plans of territorial communities (hereinafter, TCs). While there is a number of project initiatives of UN and non-UN agencies promoting gender-responsive planning and budgeting at the local level, these practices are not institutionalized and streamlined by the gender mainstreaming methodology and SDGs nationalization framework. There is a lack of effective mechanisms that would ensure communication between different regions and local communities on gender policy implementation and serve as a platform for sharing best practices. The Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women expressed concern in the Concluding Observations on the Eighth Periodic Report of Ukraine that the ongoing decentralization reform has no reference to gender equality.
UN Women provides policy advice to the National Gender Mechanism on strengthening coordination, monitoring and evaluation of implementation of the national gender policy at regional and local levels. The national report on implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action was prepared by the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine in 2019 and highlighted the importance of strengthening the National Gender Mechanism.
UN Women project “Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment through Decentralization Reform of Ukraine” funded by the Government of Canada supports the consolidated efforts of the National Gender Mechanism, the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine, the authorities of pilot regions – Chernivtsi, Kherson, Sumy and Volyn and 13 TCs, women’s groups and civil society organizations (CSOs) in implementation of the national policy on gender equality through decentralization reform. The project provides technical advice and capacity building support to the national partners on strengthening the application of gender equality and human-rights-based approach in implementation of decentralization reform at the national, regional and local levels. Together with UN Women project “Decentralization and Law Enforcement Reforms: Transformative approaches to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Ukraine” funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark, the project supports conducting institutional gender equality capacity assessment of the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine, four pilot RSAs and 13 TCs being implemented by NGO Poruch. The projects facilitate development of recommendations for elaboration of gender-responsive social-economic plans and budgets in pilot regions and TCs in partnership with the key stakeholders in the area of gender and decentralization.
In order to support the Office of Government Commissioner on Gender Policy and the Ministry of Social Policy on strengthening coordination of implementation of the national gender policy at regional and local levels, UN Women seeks to hire a national consultant to provide expert support to the process.
Ukraine, Decree # 390 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, “On the Position of the Government Commissioner for Gender Policy” of 07 July 2017. Available at https://www.kmu.gov.ua/ua/npas/250049925
Ukraine, Decree # 930 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, “Some issues of ensuring equal rights and opportunities for women and men”. Available at https://zakon.rada.gov.ua/laws/show/930-2020-%D0%BF#Text
Ukraine, Decree # 695 of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine “On approval of the State Strategy for Regional Development for 2021-2027”. Available at https://www.kmu.gov.ua/npas/pro-zatverdzhennya-derzhavnoyi-strategiyi-regionalnogo-rozvitku-na-20212027-t50820
 UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Concluding Observations on the Eighth Periodic Report of Ukraine, 9 March 2017, CEDAW/C/UKR/CO/8, para 22, p 18. 18.
 Sets of minimum (standard) and extended (recommended) gender-sensitive indicators, ensuring Leaving No-One-Behind principle and SDGs localization, were developed and submitted it to the Ministry for further institutionalization within amendments to the Order 75 on formulation and implementation of forecasting and programme documents on social and economic development of TC. The Working Groups, consisting of key staff of the regional state administrations, responsible for strategic planning, gender equality, social protection, information and communication, and women’s organizations and gender experts, are established in pilot regions and TCs to support the project implementation.
Duties and Responsibilities
The National consultant on national gender equality policy at regional and local levels will work under the overall guidance of the UN Women Representative in Ukraine, day-to-day guidance, coordination of the UN Women Programme Specialist, as well as in close coordination with a designated official/staff member of the Office of the Government Commissioner on Gender Policy, and in partnership with focal points in the Ministry of Social Policy, Ministry of Communities and Territories Development, NGO Poruch and UN Women national consultants team on gender-responsive decentralization. The consultant will implement a set of tasks, including, but not limited to:
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Required Skills and Experience
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Evaluation of Applicants:
Applications will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of their qualifications and financial proposal. A two-stage procedure is used in evaluating the proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. The award of the contract should be made to the individuals whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical criteria -70% of total evaluation.
Total max 70 points:
Financial/Price Proposal evaluation:
Application and submission package:
The candidate’s application should include:
Interested candidates are requested to apply no later than 9.00 am EET 1 March 2021 by submitting applications to the following e-mail address: email@example.com with a subject “National Consultant on implementation of gender equality policy at regional and local levels”.
Applications without financial proposal may be treated as incomplete and may not be considered for further assessment.
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